Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew seems relaxed about the club’s goalkeeper situation ahead of the derby against Sunderland.
Pardew confirmed that youngster Jak Alnwick picked up a problem during the heavy defeat at Tottenham last night, which has left the Toon boss with a selection headache.
With the club’s top three goalkeeper choices all injured, Pardew has admitted that he doesn’t know the rules surrounding drafting in a replacement, but has said the club will give Alnwick every chance of recovering in time for this Sunday.
“I know the rules do allow you to have an emergency goalkeeper if you’ve only got one senior fit goalie. Freddie is classed as a senior even though he’s only 17 because he’s a professional.”
“I haven’t really thought about it yet, and we’re not really sure Jak’s shoulder is that bad. We’ll have to see how he goes, but we’re only three days to the next game so he hasn’t a lot of recovery time.”
The problem Newcastle have if Pardew takes a risk with Alnwick at the weekend is that Sunderland are likely to target him.
They’ll know he’s carrying a should problem and have good players in terms of dead ball delivery, which they’ll use to try and put him under pressure to give themselves an advantage.
What’s important is that Pardew appears to be on top of the situation and Newcastle have two working days if they need to get things sort out to bring someone in on an emergency.
Teenager Freddie Woodman is a professional ‘keeper at the club but it would be a major risk to throw him into the team for the club’s main derby match of the season.
The situation isn’t ideal but Pardew will deal with it and no one will be more determined to try and retain his place in the side than Alnwick.